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June 2, 2020
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Ron Denny – Friendship Village Employee Spotlight

Ron Denny has been with Friendship Village for over 11 years. Making the move from construction, Ron’s first role was as a carpenter at our Sunset Hills location. Ron’s services were needed in Chesterfield, so he started splitting his time between the two campuses before working permanently in Chesterfield. His job title went from Carpenter, to Refurbishment Manager, to Maintenance Manager, and finally just this past December he was promoted to Director of Maintenance! “What has kept me here is honestly really the residents,” Ron said. “I truly have a heart […]
April 8, 2020
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March 22, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Zona Cetera, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: How did you navigate the changes in your career? Answer: “I always knew I wanted to do something in medicine. In fact, one time my mom found me operating on her favorite doll. I started out in nursing and got my BSN. I worked as a school nurse for a while and I found out very quickly that the youth were not much better in terms of mental health and school problems and that continued to make me want to teach and educate. I just felt a calling to […]
March 21, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Bob Belline, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What’s something you started doing as a child that you’ve carried with you throughout your life? Answer: “I’ve played golf all my life. I enjoy the game. I don’t play it well – I tell people I don’t play golf; I play at golf. I enjoy playing with my friends and my sons-in-law. Golfing is physical and gives you a sense of accomplishment, I think. All it takes is one good shot and you’re ready to come back the next day, even if you’ve had 40 or so bad […]
March 20, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Dorothy Gross, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you not miss about living in your home before you moved to Friendship Village Answer: “I don’t miss making my bed when it’s time to change the sheets. I hate putting the sheets on the bed. I have someone who comes around every two weeks and puts the sheets on my bed, so all I have to do is take ‘em off! The fitted sheet, it’s too hard to pull that down and get it tucked. I hate doing it!” – Dorothy Gross, resident Friendship Village Sunset […]
March 19, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Al Mertz, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What’s a long-standing hobby of yours? Answer: “I’ve grown orchids for 40 years and I had a large number of plants. At one point in time, I had over 600! It was a lot of work, but it was very satisfying and a real pleasure. I had a greenhouse attached to my house, which was very good in the winter. On a sunny day, it’d feel like summer in the greenhouse and most of the orchids would bloom in the winter, so therefore I had summer in the winter. […]
March 18, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Rosemary Stolz, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you really NOT miss now that you live in Friendship Village? Answer: “I don’t miss cleaning my house. I did all the cleaning and I used to be called Scrubby Dutch because I came from south St. Louis which was know for having a lot of scrubbing Dutch Germans. The Germans used to get out and even scrub their steps. And I didn’t scrub the steps, but my mother did! And I decided when I got older that I wasn’t going to scrub the steps. I took […]
March 17, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Anne Fites, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you love about creating mosaics? Answer: “Well, I somehow think it’s kind of a creative thing, because one advantage of it is, I get broken dishes and get to smack ‘em up. So, you’re not really spending a lot of money on materials, so most of my mosaic work has been either broken plates or broken mirrors. And if you break something yourself, you kind of create a little memento of what it used to be. And the only thing is, it’s a rather messy process because […]
March 16, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Larry Boehm, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: Looking back, what was something cool you were able to do in your career? Answer: “I wanted to drive in my career. I drove the fire engine in my work with the fire department, I drove Mayor Tucker for a few years, I drove aerial trucks, gas wagons, you name it. I remember interviewing to drive the mayor and I went into his office and he said, ‘Send the rest of them home, I like this kid.’ I met a lot of politicians and different people in my time […]
 

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